Birthplace? Dorset, South of England
When did you move to OZ ? 1998
What’s your signature dish when you cook? Veggie coconut curry or Spinach & Feta pie
Tea or Coffee? Chai
Favourite café? Hakan’s AM, Ruby Lane for lunch
Cat or Dog? Dog
Star Sign? Virgo
What quote do you live by?
“I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
What Yoga style do you practice? Vinyasa flow, Hatha, Yin, Meditation
How did you start yoga? First class was in London in the early 90’s in a very old hall in Notting Hill. In Australia it was a Bikram’s class in the old bank in Freshwater – didn’t realise Bikram was hot yoga and did a class in my track suit bums and sweatshirt; stayed bright red for at least 12 hrs after!!
Can you sum up what Yoga gives to you in a few words?
Clarity when the road is bumpy, vitality and space in the body, steadiness for the mind and nourishment for the soul.
When and where did you do your first Teacher Training?
2002 Three year training program with Yoga Synergy (Simon Borg Olivier and Bianca Machliss) in Bondi Junction.
Favourite pose? Janu Sirsasana (Head to knee pose) and Vipariti Karani (Legs up the wall with a bolster)
Least favourite pose? Ustrasana / Camel – urkkk
If you could study with any teacher, who would it be and why?
Alive: Judith Lasater – before she retires and her wealthy of knowledge for restorative yoga.
Dead: Krishnamacharya (the Father of modern yoga) 1888-1989
Best in-class blooper?
Fart creeped out… but suggested that they didn’t copy that instruction!
Lululemon or Dharmabums?
Bit of both – Dharmabums for colour, Lululemon for classics that last.
Where would be your ultimate Yoga retreat destination?
Overseas – Himalayas
Australia – South coast
What do you love most about your job?
The people, and their transformation from the start of the class to the end of the class.
What have you given up to teach yoga?
Given up in a good way – full time corporate job.
Some Saturday morning sports matches played by my kids… class times sometimes clash with matches. And a few evening meals with everyone while I teach.
What have you gained by teaching yoga?
Patience, acceptance, being adaptable and not having expectations.
What was the best thing about COVID lock-down?
Slowing down, family mealtimes and appreciating ones community
If you could talk to your pre-yoga self, what would you tell her?
Don’t be so self-critical, be a little kinder to yourself and breathe deeply and fully.
What hobbies/activities do you have outside yoga?
Long walks (usually with the dog), running at Manly Dam, cycling and dancing (love Sunday afternoons in the summer going to the Soul of Sydney events)
How long have you taught at Qi?
On and off for 16 years
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